One of the best decisions I ever made during this trip was to take up a cooking class with Puspa. I managed to escape the tourist route (although this cooking class is a popular tourist activity) to spend some time in a quiet village just a few minutes outside of Ubud’s commercial area. The tour appropriately began at the market where Puspa met us and introduced us to local produce and ingredients. Nyoman, Puspa’s husband, met our group at the farm where he gave us an introduction into village life in Bali. In Bali, every villager is given a patch of land to farm but farming, as an activity, is communal. It was harvest season and some of the rice stalks were just reaped. Ducks roamed freely, pecking at stray grains. The highlight of the course, of course, is the cooking class with Puspa. She introduced us to local ingredients and showed us the proper way to prepare them for cooking. I had my first taste of tempe, which I now love! To read more about my Bali experience, go tohttp://travelswithgusto.tumblr.com/post/16113514307/bali-with-gusto-paon-cooking-school
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